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Revocability of Mutual Wills

Alexandra Braun

in Exploring the Law of Succession

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632909
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632909.003.0022
Revocability of Mutual Wills

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This chapter evaluates the contribution of seventeenth-century Dutch legal science in the revocation of mutual wills and its influence on the legal science of Europe. It outlines the development of the ius commune up to the eighteenth century and compares the evolution of the law from the eighteenth century onwards in some jurisdictions where mutual wills are still in use, such as Germany, England, Scotland, and South Africa. The chapter argues that the Roman-Dutch solutions to the problems concerning the revocation of mutual wills have influenced the jurists and courts of a large part of the European continent, and were also eventually adopted in England.

Keywords: mutual wills; revocation of wills; Dutch legal science; Europe; ius commune; Germany; England; Scotland; South Africa

Chapter.  8857 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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